Maria Kotova

Maria Kotova

Country of Origin: Russia
Title: Head of UK and Ireland Business Development
Office: Shanghai Office
Languages: Asian Languages - Chinese, Chinese - Mandarin
European Languages - English, Russian

Maria Kotova is a Global Business Development Manager and Senior Advisor at Dezan Shira & Associates based in Shanghai office. With a strong understanding of China regulatory issues, business environment factors, and industry services, Maria advises foreign businesses on corporate formation, taxation and legal issues for their investments in China and SE Asia.

Maria heads the DSA UK and Ireland Desk with the focus of helping British and Irish businesses navigate China and SE Asia markets. Her role entails working closely with UK and Ireland partners overseeing support and collaboration on clients, FDI knowledge sharing, as well as business development and marketing campaigns in the region. 

Maria is also an in-demand speaker at international events on legal, tax and financial issues in SE Asia and consistently contributes business intelligence publications to the firm’s publishing company, Asia Briefing Ltd., and acts as a key thought leader providing comments to South China Morning Post and other internationally recognized publications.

Prior to joining Dezan Shira & Associates in 2013, Maria worked in both international and domestic business advisory firms in China. Her work included analysis on corporate tax structuring, equity transfers, profit repatriation issues, cross border transactions, analysis of legal and tax implications under M&A and corporate restructuring of Asian groups. Maria also worked as a manager of communication department developing focus personality analysis (FPA) strategies.

Maria has a master's degree in Management and Chinese from South China Normal University and a bachelor's degree in International Affairs and Relations from Saint Petersburg State Polytechnic University. She also holds a certificate in Chinese studies from Liaoning University.

Maria also heads the firm's Russia desk and assists Russian clients with their plans for China and the rest of Asia, liaising on their behalf with our offices throughout the region.


China Briefing: Converting from an RO to a WFOE: Considerations Prior to the Official Announcement to Employees 2016-06-21 Article
China Briefing: Funding WFOEs in China: Critical Points on Pre-Incorporation Expenses and Thresholds 2016-03-09 Article
Vietnam Briefing: What Does the Eurasian Economic Union-Vietnam FTA Mean for Your Business? 2015-06-04 Article
South China Morning Post: China's economic reforms will give a boost to the private sector 2015-02-10 Article
China Briefing: Case Study: Using the Shanghai FTZ to Access the Outbound Tourism Industry 2014-10-07 Article
China Briefing: Moving Shop: Changing the Registered Address of a Company in China (Part 2) 2014-09-23 Article
China Briefing: Logistics in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone 2014-09-17 Article
China Briefing: Moving Shop: Changing the Registered Address of a Business in China (Part 1) 2014-09-16 Article
China Briefing: Raise or Fold: Changing the Registered Capital of a Company in China 2014-07-30 Article
China Briefing: What’s in a Name? Changing the Name of a Company in China 2014-06-25 Article

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